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April 2007


Nore more old skoll blogging…

April 16, 2007

Blog enhancements: Update! First on my to do list was to convert this blog over from the old blogger to the new one. I can’t believe I finally did it, I’m thrilled with the results for many reasons, mostly technical ones that I won’t bore you with here. I must announce one major enhancement that will make your life much easier when you visit decor8 going forward. Posts will contain labels, located at the bottom of each entry. This excites me because I’ve always wanted my readers to be able to click on a label, i.e. “Wallpaper” and instantly view all of my posts on wallpaper.

Nore more old skoll blogging...
Although this means that I need to manually label over 2,000 blog posts, I tackled 350 of them last night and will work on the rest over the next week. My goal is to have everything labeled by Friday, so I’m thinking it will take me around 20-30 hours. But it’s worth it because I want decor8 to be a great design resource for you — you should be able to find what you are looking for with ease. Currently, posts roll into archives and the blogger search (above my banner to the left) pulls everything I’ve ever posted that contains the word that you’re searching for. Not good. Most of the time, it doesn’t bother to pull everything or it pulls so many irrelevant posts that it’s quite frustrating.

I’m also working on a new link or button (not sure where it will go yet) that will bring you to page where I’ll have all of my labels organized there by category. Home tours, Store tours, Wallpaper, Lighting, Chairs, Sofa, Furniture (in general), Prints, Art, Kids, Decals, Cities, etc. This will be helpful for when you are looking for a light fixture to install in your dining room, you can click on lighting and scan through all the posts there for resources and inspiration.

I hope that you enjoy these new features.

(image above from nao, a flickr girl that I’ve been following for awhile now, she’s amazing.)

Objects, Rooms

Emma Jeff Window Decals from Surface Material Design

April 16, 2007

Emma Jeffs recently wrote to me to share her latest window decals with decor8 readers. I think they’re quite pretty, as well as a clever, modern solution for allowing in the light while still maintaining a level of privacy (from the outside, a passerby can only see a diffused shape if an internal light is on). Application is fairly painless, it’s easy to clean, and I love all the geometric patterns that she creates, like the clover, delphi, otto, and orba (shown).

Emma Jeff Window Decals from Surface Material Design
If you’d like to order from Emma, simply visit her website, she’ll be happy to help you out. In the US, you can order many of these online via 2Jane.

Emma Jeff Window Decals from Surface Material Design

Thanks, Emma!

(images from emma jeffs)

Objects, Reader Questions

Reader Q: Can you review the fainting sofa?

April 16, 2007

decor8 reader Sarah wrote in requesting help. I have zero experience with this sofa so I’m hoping someone out there can help her out. :)

Reader Q: Can you review the fainting sofa?
Sarah writes, “I know that you blogged about Urban Outfitter’s fainting sofa a while back. I’ve been in love with it ever since, especially now that it just came out in 2 new colors. I’ve scoured the internet, looking for someone who actually owns it, and can tell me how comfortable it is, but I just can’t seem to find anyone, and they don’t have the sofa at any of the stores in my area. I really want the couch, but I don’t want to buy something that could potentially be uncomfortable. Do you think you could send a shout out on your blog for someone to give a review of the couch? If that’s not something you’d like to use your blog space for, that’s fine. I was just wondering if you’d be willing.” – Sarah

Can you help Sarah?

(images from urban outfitters)

Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips

Follow The Yellow Brick Road…

April 14, 2007

More yellow to love, refreshing, energetic bursts of joy! From shoes to fashion, brides to stationery, there’s so much out there in sassy, classy yellow. Be inspired!

Follow The Yellow Brick Road...Brides magazine

Follow The Yellow Brick Road...Weego Home

Follow The Yellow Brick Road...Alicia Bock on Etsy

Follow The Yellow Brick Road...Simply Photo on Etsy

Follow The Yellow Brick Road...Living Etc magazine

Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips

Yellow Interior Inspiration

April 13, 2007

You can always count on Domino magazine to deliver some of the best spaces. Here are a just a few of my favorites… Pay attention to the fabulous use of yellow in these rooms. Some with just a touch, others that really pile it on. From sunny yellow, to lovely jewel tones, this color cheers, warms, welcomes, and ushers in a positive feel-good mood.

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QUICK BITE: If you don’t have a touch of yellow in your space and you’d like to change that ASAP, visit the grocery store. All you need at home is a bowl or glass vase. Pick up a bag of beautiful lemons and some tulips. The lemons can go in the kitchen, dining room, or living area in a vase or bowl. If you have an entry, you can place a clear vase with them inside on your entry table. Tulips look good anywhere. And don’t forget to cut a few lemons and let them infuse your home with zesty goodness. You need not invest in a gallon of paint or a new duvet to bring this color into your home – lemons and some tulips will do just fine for now. :)

(images from domino)

Color Inspiration

Color of the Month: YELLOW

April 13, 2007

Fellow blogger and Color Consultant Rachel Perls, is back today (she checks in mid-month) to talk about the color of the month: YELLOW! Take it away, Rachel…

Yay, spring is here! I always know spring has arrived when yellow flowers begin to bloom. Yellow is one of the first colors to arrive after nature?s hibernation through winter. The daffodils are popping up all over, and the forsythia bushes are blossoming, so let’s talk about yellow…

Color of the Month: YELLOW
Universally, yellow is associated with the sun. What child doesn?t color in their sun with a yellow crayon?

Color of the Month: YELLOW Cheery yellow cabinets above a red lacquered wall offer an enthusiastic welcome in this entry hall. (image via: sunset)

Yellow represents communication and creativity. It?s also joyous, expansive, and optimistic, an uplifting hue.
Color of the Month: YELLOW Just try to remain gloomy in these cleansing spaces. I dare you. (images via: Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz)

Color of the Month: YELLOW Bring in splashes of yellow through art. (Image via: Living Etc)

Yellow runs the gamut from pale, delicate cream to deep gold. It can lean more towards orange, like amber, or more towards green, like citron.

Color of the Month: YELLOW The marigold shower curtain and decorative mirror take this bathroom from ordinary to fabulous. (image via: Casa Howard)

Many societies consider yellow a sacred color, closest to heaven and enlightenment. Throughout history, numerous rulers have chosen yellow as their royal color, from the gold encrusted Ashanti of West Africa to the five legendary emperors of ancient China. In Greek mythology, yellow was the color of Apollo, god of the sun, wisdom and nobility.

For contemplation and self-reflection, encompass a space in inviting tones.

Color of the Month: YELLOW This combination of buttery yellow and cooling silvery green beckons you to come in and relax. (image via: Coastal Living Magazine)

These days, yellow and black color schemes are quite popular with designers.

Color of the Month: YELLOW An elegant entry foyer, this design by Thad Hayes takes advantage of high impact black, white and pale yellow.

Color of the Month: YELLOW Sometimes, all you need is a little punch of color to liven a space. (images via: Domino, Fox-Nahem Design, and Thad Hayes)

Color of the Month: YELLOW Dramatic and chic, the sharp contrast between light and dark colors makes furniture and accent pieces pop. (image via: Style Court)

In nature, similar colors help creatures stand out. The combination of yellow and black sends a powerful signal of warning: snakes, frogs and stinging insects use these colors to communicate that they are dangerous or poisonous. This knowledge has been deeply imprinted on us over time, and our attention to this color scheme is inescapable.

Yellow can be quite chameleon-like, depending upon the shade you chose: neutral as beige, like buttercup, or vibrant and tart, like citron.

Color of the Month: YELLOW Look at this fabulous, wild combination of fuchsia and citrusy lemon from Designer’s Guild.

Color of the Month: YELLOW Yellow can be elegant, too, in hues like saffron and yellow ochre. (image via: Cooking Light)

Color of the Month: YELLOW Here?s a more sophisticated, muted take on the color from Elitis, with deep mustard walls to set off the blue green sofa.

Wrapping you in a warm hug, yellow can be brought into a space through various materials. Paint, textiles, glass, or fresh flowers are just a few options. Wood is an often-overlooked option for incorporating color into your decor. Look for varieties with creamy yellow or honey undertones.

Color of the Month: YELLOW Light and clean, this breakfast nook from Cottage Living magazine is a cozy retreat encompassed in blonde wood.

Color of the Month: YELLOW This color combination of blue and yellow feels very Scandinavian to me. Notice the yellow undertones in the light wood, too. (image via: The Rug Company)

Don?t be afraid to mix and match your yellow tones: gold, custard, or canary. Just take a look at Stephen Shubel?s designs; he just loves his yellows, piling them one on top of another for a sunny, inviting space.

Color of the Month: YELLOW This would be considered an analogous color scheme, pairing three or four colors adjacent to one another on the color wheel.(image via: Stephen Shubel Design)

Color of the Month: YELLOW A few more examples of Stephen?s glorious ode to yellow. For a more unconventional scheme, consider something like this:

Color of the Month: YELLOW Here is a split complement, with a dominant red-violet and the two colors on either side of its complement, yellow and green. With all the warm hues, the cool green gives this palette balance. (Image via: Benjamin Moore)

So, play around with how you can incorporate yellow into your life. Use it as an accent, or envelope an entire space in it. However you use it, yellow won?t let you down!

– Rachel Perls

Thanks, Rachel! For more color-inspired posts by Ms. Perls, please visit her previous posts on Red, Blue, and Green. In May, we’ll be learning about Purple, so stay tuned. We usually do our color posts here mid month, so see you then. I’ll be back with more yellow inspiration of my own…

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